Food festival to showcase best

Harewood House food festival
Harewood House food festival

Food lovers have just days to prepare for the Great British Food Festival which will take place in the grounds of Harewood House over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Over 100 food producers and street food vendors will be busy pickling, preserving, baking and packing, jams, cakes, cheese, pates and lots of other treats.

“Along with food and drink producers there will be fantastic chef demos, foodie talks, man vs food competitions, live music and entry includes access to the house and gardens,” said a spokesman.

The Chef Demo stage hosts a headline name for each day, with Luke Owen, of MasterChef 2014, taking the lead on Saturday.

On Sunday Howard Middleton (Great British Bake Off 2013) will headline and Luis Troyano (Great British Bake Off 2014) will do a demonstration on Bank Holiday Monday. They will each take centre stage at noon and 3pm on their respective days.

Alongside the celebrity chefs, some of the best regional Yorkshire talent will be showcasing their skills - from baking tips to fine dining know-how.

On top of cooking up treats on the demo stage, Luis, Luke and Howard will be judging the popular Great British Cake Off, where amateur bakers compete head to head in three baking categories (see www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com for details and to enter).

In house forager Adele Nozedar will lead small groups around the estate searching for wild foods. The walks take place daily and can be booked in advance or on the day.

Adele will also be in action on the artisan stage, cooking up unusual treats from the wild products she has foraged throughout the day.

A new addition this year is the adult cookery master classes, run by the local RoundTable Catering Co. Anyone can join in and brush up on their culinary skills or learn a new dish.

Children’s activities include cookery lessons, free circus skills, crafts, balloon modelling, story time and rides.

There is also live music throughout the day with a play list packed full of top local bands.